Values & Mission

The mission of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) is to foster literary achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing. Because literature is a source of awareness and enchantment, it is a medium for wisdom, creativity, and joy. Because literature maps our shared experiences, it is a builder of communities. AWP’s purpose is to cultivate the making and appreciation of contemporary literature along with the attendant virtues: wisdom, creativity, community, empathy, compassion, solidarity, and joy.

As an employer, AWP is dedicated to the creation and nurturing of a workplace environment in which everyone feels valued as a dignified member of the community of writers, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.